Brown on loss: 'We got deflated too quickly'
Michael Carter-Williams is 6 for 29 (21 percent) from the field over his last two games. (USA Today Images)
CHICAGO -- Sixers coach Brett Brown's resting his starters in the fourth quarter of Friday’s lopsided loss to the Miami Heat did nothing to help cure the poor shooting that carried over into their 103-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
After losing two of three and missing two chances to hit .500, the Bulls came out aggressive early and never looked back.
The Sixers were held to 31.1 percent shooting in the first half, while allowing the Bulls to shoot 52.3 and falling behind 51-31 at halftime. The Sixers committed 11 of their 17 turnovers during the first half as well, giving up 14 points on their miscues.
They were also outscored 25-12 in fastbreak points, making it only the second time this season the Bulls had posted 20 or more fastbreak points. The previous time also came against the Sixers, when they were outscored 23-10 in their 107-104 win on Nov. 2.
Shooting woes continue
The Sixers were held to 36.9 shooting from the field on Friday and shot 2 for 20 from three. Their lid apparently was still on the basket Saturday as the Bulls held them to 35 percent shooting and 2 for 19 from three.
Brown was complimentary of the post presence of the Bulls before tipoff, saying “You still have tremendous respect for their bigs, you got tremendous respect for their energy. It’s always a physical game. You know you’re going to have to guard the post. It’s not like we boast big, physical, interior frontline players. We don’t. So we got our hands full in what will inevitably be a physical game, as it always is against Tom [Thibodeau's] team."
That analysis proved true as the Bulls' trio of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson combined for 44 points and 32 rebounds.
The Sixers were outrebounded 52-42.
Lavoy Allen returned to the rotation for the Sixers after having missed the past four with a sore right calf.
Tony Wroten rolled his right ankle with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter and didn’t return. James Anderson was kneed in the back and Brandon Davies dislocated his right pinky. Brown called all three day-to-day.
Evan Turner collected 52 tickets, paying for 26 of them, for friends and family in his return back to his hometown of Chicago.
“I’m glad to see my friends, see my family,” Turner said. “Obviously, it’s special for [me] and special for them because all the people that come [have] been supporting me since I was five or six years old, and my dream was always to play in the NBA.”
Turner finished the game well below his season averages with seven points on 3-for-8 shooting, three rebounds, three assists and five fouls in 30 minutes.
The Sixers will have the day off on Sunday as they travel to Washington to face the Wizards on Monday. Washington has won three of four.
The Sixers and Wizards split their first two meetings this season.